‘Rafferty’s Rules’ and ‘A Country Practice’ star Richard Carter dies aged 65

Carter's agency announced his passing this Monday, saying: "His generosity knew no bounds and his loss is too great to quantify". Source: Getty.

Australian actor, Richard Carter has passed away at the age of 65 following a brief illness.

Carter’s agency, Lisa Mann Creative Management, announced his death on Monday in a Facebook post which described him as “an esteemed actor, a storyteller, and someone who touched the lives of many”.

“Richard has starred in some of the most iconic television and films this country has ever produced,” the post continued. “From the cutting edge Australian television series Wildside, White Collar Blue and Blue Murder – his roles are too numerous to mention.

“He is adored by his wife Lindsey and daughter Amy, his family and friends and all who ever got the chance to talk to him. His generosity knew no bounds and his loss is too great to quantify. He will be sorely missed.”

The actor was best known for his work in popular shows such as A Country Practice, Rafferty Rules, Blue Murder, Blue Heelers and White Collar Blue. He was also no stranger to Hollywood blockbusters after starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road and even lending his voice for the animated movies Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two.

Tributes from fellow Australian stars have since flooded in including comedian, Julia Morris who wrote: “Am so sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent Richard Carter. In my early days, when female stand ups were not really celebrated, Richard was the very essence of support. He was a true gentleman. Vale jx”.

While Adam Hills wrote: “So very sad to hear of the passing of a giant of Australian comedy and acting – Richard Carter. At times he was like Yoda to me, at others more like Chewbacca, but I loved him nonetheless. Wish I had told him that recently. Vale old mate.”

The Sydney-born actor kicked off his career in 1983 with an appearance in Sons and Daughters before moving into more permanent roles on Australian TV and even trying out American shows where he appeared in popular sitcom Hey Dad..!. Carter also had smaller roles in award-winning Australian films such as Muriel’s Wedding and Rabbit Proof Fence. 

Carter is survived by his wife, Lindsey and daughter, Amy.

Are you a fan of Richard Carter’s work? What was your favourite show or film of his?

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